Specializing in Canine and Feline Neurology and Neurosurgery for over 35 years

"Working Together to Identify and Treat Your Neurologic Patients"

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Join our staff doctors and guest speaker Jaime Sage, DVM, MS, DACVR, of MRVets for in-depth presentations and interactive Q&A sessions about the neurological examination and general/advanced treatment for the neurologic patient. This seminar will provide you with the tools to help you be best prepared to care for the neurologic cases that come through your doors.

WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (continental breakfast, chef's buffet lunch and snacks provided)
WHERE: Desert Willow Conference Center (near 1-10 & 40th St. Phoenix)
CE CREDIT: 6 credits (Approved by the AZ Veterinary Medical Examining Board)


Scott Plummer, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)
Kim Knowles, DVM, MS, DACVIM (neurology)
Laura Stainback, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)
Erich Spoor, DVM (Neurology Resident)
Jaime Sage, DVM, MS, DACVR of MRVets



9 a.m.  Overview of the Exam
            Scott Plummer, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Plummer will review each part of the neurological examination including observation, palpation, postural reflexes, spinal reflexes, cranial nerves and sensation, as well as highlight the importance of an accurate patient history and physical examination.

            Interpretation and Neurolocalization
            Scott Plummer, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Plummer will describe how to utilize each step of the neurological examination to localize lesions within the nervous system and formulate a differential diagnosis.

            “Trips” and Tricks
            Scott Plummer, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Plummer will discuss the steps of the neurological examination that may cause the most problems for neurolocalization, as well as the proper techniques and tricks to perform an accurate and thorough examination.

            Identifying Disorders that Appear Neurological, but are not
            Scott Plummer, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Plummer will discuss several medical disorders that are encountered frequently and appear neurological, but are actually orthopedic, cardiovascular, ophthalmologic, etc. Several case examples will be presented and the importance of reviewing the patient’s history and a thorough neurological and physical exam will be stressed.


11 a.m.  Seizures and Epilepsy: Current Approaches for Management
              Kim Knowles, DVM, MS, DACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Knowles will discuss how proper treatment of seizures in dogs begins with an understanding of the type of seizure (or seizures) the patient is having. This information usually suggests the drug of first choice as well as therapeutic options if the initial choice fails. This presentation will review the pathophysiology of seizures and discuss mechanisms whereby anticonvulsants stop seizure discharges. The pharmacokinetics of anticonvulsants will be reviewed.

12 p.m.  Lunch

Chef's buffet lunch.

1 p.m.  Vestibular Disease: Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment
            Erich Spoor, DVM (Neurology Resident)

Dr. Spoor will discuss how to identify and diagnose peripheral, central and paradoxical vestibular disease, as well as the different treatment regiments for each, and allow time for Q&A.


2 p.m.  Handling the Neurological Emergency
            Laura Stainback, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)

Dr. Stainback's talk will focus on the emergency assessment of treatment of patients presenting with various neurological conditions including both brain and spinal disorders. In particular, how to manage these cases in the acute presentation pending referral will be discussed.

3 p.m.  CT & MR Imaging: Importance of Quality in Proper Diagnosis
            Jaime Sage, DVM, MS, DACVR

Dr. Sage will discuss when imaging is appropriate for neurological problems and what imaging modalities are most appropriate for different cases. This talk will discuss the importance of high-quality advanced imaging in neurology.

Five-minute breaks between each topic will be provided. Further time will be allocated after the seminar to speak with the doctors and answer any further questions to assist with your neurological cases.


You may also fax registration with credit card information to Veterinary Neurological Center, 602-437-5425 or mail check to Veterinary Neurological Center, 4202 E. Raymond St., Phoenix, AZ 85040 or call 602-437-1488. We will email you confirmation after we receive your registration and payment. Please contact us if you do not receive an email.

REGISTER BY MARCH 31 to reserve your spot!